Playing Hooky!

 

River Queen

River Queen

Amazingly beautiful day!

Amazingly beautiful day!

Long weekend + spring fever = playing hooky!

Started out with fog and then the skies cleared.

Started out with fog and then the skies cleared.

I didn’t play hooky the whole weekend – I worked on the patterns for the Retreat as well and some other knitting – but my heart – and my hands – worked feverishly on this idea!

New colour of Tracks – Bau Blue – and the dangling leaf beads – and the idea!  Meet River Queen!  New pattern will be released next month!  After I finish everything else that I need to get done!  LOL!

We also went on a new walk this weekend – the skies cleared and the then sun shone and we had a wonderful walk!  We tried out part of the Trans Canada Trail - the part with the Haslam Suspension Bridge!

I hope that you have a great week.  Mine will be busy!

Happy Knitting

Lynette

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Apologies, Apologies!

The Sun and Moon Pin by Frank Nelson - a beautiful gift from my daughter to wear with my many shawls.

The Sun and Moon Pin by Frank Nelson – a beautiful gift from my daughter to wear with my many shawls.

I am so sorry for the long delay between posts!

Winter Shadows - fingerless mittens for the Retreat.

Winter Shadows – fingerless mittens for the Retreat.

It has been a crazy busy start to this year and doesn’t look like it will let up until the end of this month.  I have two deadlines to get through; the Retreat and one other.  Please be patient as my life will reset back to normal then!

Last year was incredible and this year is shaping up to be even better!  As of the beginning of the year I am now the Creative Director of the Buffalo Wool Co.  Sounds grand doesn’t it!  It really means that I keep on doing what I have been doing – but I have a title to go with it!

Winter Dancers - a mosaic slouchy hat for the Retreat!

Winter Dancers – a mosaic slouchy hat for the Retreat!

Winter Skies - a simpler hat for the Retreat.

Winter Skies – a simpler hat for the Retreat.

Details.

Details.

I went a little crazy on projects for the Retreat – it now stands at 3 hat options and a pair of fingerless mittens.  I have been totally consumed with the combinations and variations on these techniques!  To add to it all – the latest Vogue Knitting – more than half of the patterns are worked in Mosaic Stitch.  The Retreat is styling this year!

I am working on those patterns this week and into next – the retreat is only two and half weeks away!

Promises and teasers - of the Spring ahead.

Promises and teasers – of the Spring ahead.

Last night I left my knitting at work – by accident – but I sometimes wonder if it really was “accidental”  – gave me time to work on this post!

I am still walking every weekend and have so many pictures that I now don’t know where to start!

Foggy Views

Foggy Views

I have had to start deleting and editing and moving my pictures – another time grabber – but I have completely filled up the memory on my computer!  In order to download and edit I need room!

Last Sunday we walked at Morden Colliery Park.  Soft rain and foggy views – but there were snowdrops coming up through the leaves and other promises of Spring – I do hope we don’t get heavy snow or a hard freeze – that will kill all of the small bits of green!

Happy Knitting

Lynette

Pushing gamely up through the dead leaves and debris of last Fall!

Pushing gamely up through the dead leaves and debris of last Fall!

 

 

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Owl Magic, Sea Birds and Sea-Stars

A beautiful Great Barred Owl.

A beautiful Great Barred Owl.

Grey on Grey shades of the day.

Grey on Grey shades of the day.

It was/is a grey day.  A Wet-Coast Winter’s day, grey, a little dreary, with dim lighting and just a little nippy!

But the walk at Neck Point this morning was more that a little magical.

It all started with the Owl – a Great Barred Owl – dozing on a branch right beside the trail.  At first I thought it was just an extension of the branch, another limb – short and broken off perhaps and then I realized just what I was looking at – the back of an Owl.

I got very close!

 

Turkey Tail Rose

Turkey Tail Rose

I spent about 10 minutes staring at, talking to, and taking pictures of this beautiful creature.  Owls are truly wise creatures.  This owl was sleeping slowly opening and closing it’s eye’s, very dark eyes – with fluffy eyelids – very pretty!  No panic,  just watched me as I watched it.

The owl set the theme for the walk.  I saw turkey tail roses, a Great Grey Heron perched high up in a tree across Sunset Bay and a new sea-bird (new to me).

A whole flock of Surfbirds (Or they could be Black Turnstones) rose in flight as I watched.  They shifted, as a whole, from one rocky perch to another!  An Amazing Aerial Performance.

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Grey rocks upon grey seas in front of grey skies.

Grey rocks upon grey seas in front of grey skies.

Drifting......

Drifting……

Grey days can create some amazing images.  Trees are stark against the skies and grey rocks drift across grey seas and into grey skies.  I like these kind of images.  They are home and a wonderful back drop to the colours that do shine out from the small vignettes created by the world around us.

Like the ducks we saw as we walked back to the car, a pair of Mallards drifting across the pond – perfect.

Or a backdrop to the many coloured yarns that I create with every day.  Rainbows and all the shades of nature in my hands.

Yesterday morning I finished the Sea-Star Hat – version 1 anyway!  I think it needs a little work – so version 2 should be along shortly!

Happy Day – I hope that you find some magic.

Lynette

Through the Branches and across the Strait

Through the Branches and across the Strait

 

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What Happened – Where Did Last Month Go!

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The Newsham Sisters, – back left to right, Lily and Flo – front left to right – Nellie (my grandmother) and Peggy – approx. 1902

Happy New Year’s One and All!

My New Year’s Resolution is to find out more about my family histories.  My Cousin Cathy shared a bunch of old family pictures this year – time to do something with them!

This year has been swept away - time for the next!

This year has been swept away – time for the next!

Not quite sure what happened to December – it was here and then it wasn’t!

I have been knitting and writing patterns – trying to recover from the Stevie Nicks project – it seems that playing catch-up gets interrupted by living and working.

I am still working on Rhiannon’s Cloak.  I think that it will be ready in March sometime.  I do have real work to do.  Other patterns and commissions that keep interfering with my progress!

On the up side I have published or created quite a few patterns over the last month.  Some for me and the Buffalo Wool Co.

Dad's Classic Toque - my Father's Christmas Present - that is him modelling.  http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/dads-classic-toque

Dad’s Classic Toque – my Father’s Christmas Present – that is him modelling. http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/dads-classic-toque

  • Dad’s Classic Toque – published last week
  • Leather and Lace Fingerless Mittens – will be published this weekend
  • Mini Collar – pattern almost done

Some for the Buffalo Wool Co. as a project for KnitCrate.  Those patterns I will be releasing at the end of January.

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  • “I Mean Business” Pocket Scarf
  • Bells and Beads Capelet – also will be a Spring Class!

Some for Mad About Ewe’s February Retreat

Winter Crossing for Retreat 2015

Winter Crossing for Retreat 2015

  • Winter Crossing is done
  • Second sample – medium difficulty is under construction

One just because I had a wild idea!  Sea-Star Slouchy – under construction!

And I am sure that there will be more.

I will also start blogging more regularly again – I missed it!

Happy Knitting

Lynette

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Sharp Beauty – Ice Cold Fascination

Etched in Light and Dark

Etched in Light and Dark

There is a sharp edge to the beauty of a cold day.  Lines are etched deeply into the sky by the bare branches of trees and the frost weights and deadens the colours around us.

Frosty cold beauty

Frosty cold beauty

There have been many such days over the last month or so!  The cold has been broken by the warm fronts and then comes back.  It is back again.

Perfectly outlined - crisp and curved by the cold.

Perfectly outlined – crisp and curved by the cold.

The ice is again thickening over bodies of water, the puddles and ponds that we see on our walks.

Frozen sculptures rising out the loam, curving and gleaming in the sun.

Frozen sculptures rising out the loam, curving and gleaming in the sun.

At Morrell Sanctuary we see Needle Ice, twisted sculptures, rising out of the loam and gleaming in the cold light of today’s intermittent sun.  Frost is edging the ferns and mosses around us as we crunch our way over the frozen ground.

Protected by the truck of the tree and the leaves around them - perfect fungi.

Protected by the truck of the tree and the leaves around them – perfect fungi.

A cold start to the New Year.

Happy Walking

Lynette

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Kullamaa kandist

letissierdesigns:

I am so stoked to find this blog. I have been a fan of hers for a few years now. Her book, Ornamented Journey, is a favorite of mine! Her mittens and gloves are gorgeous little bits of knitted perfection!
Happy Viewing
Lynette

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See sõrmikupaar kinnitas jälle, et minust vist koopiakudujat ikka ei saa. Õnneks või kahjuks, mine võta kinni. Aga vanade mustrite kütkes olen ma küll. Ma olen juba ammuilma tahtnud kududa oma nurga kindaid aga kuidagi ei ole leidnud seda õiget inspiratsiooni. Tegelikult mõlguvad mul mõttes ühed lambapruunid käpikud aga need ootavad veel oma aega. Nii ma siis kudusingi ühe paari sõrmikuid, millel kasutasin Kullamaa kandis üsna levinud pajulehekirja, randme tegin sel korral triibulise. Sarnaseid randmeid leidsin üsna palju nt Kirbla kandi kinnastelt.

Undiin by Kristi Everst

Undiin by Kristi Everst

Undiin by Kristi Everst

Undiin by Kristi Everst

Undiin by Kristi Everst

Undiin by Kristi Everst

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Rolling , Rollicking…..

 

Did I say Roaring!

Did I say Roaring!

……ROARING!

All water everywhere is flowing downhill into MIllstone.

All water everywhere is flowing downhill into MIllstone.

...on almost every branch of almost every tree....

…on almost every branch of almost every tree….

Millstone River in Bowen Park is overflowing its banks and crashing down to the ocean – every bit of ground is saturated and the many dips and dives have become mini streams feeding into the River!

An Amazing Sight!

Everything is overflowing into the River.

Everything is overflowing into the River.

A carving of an Owl nestles into the mosses on the trunk of a tree.

A carving of an Owl nestles into the mosses on the trunk of a tree.

Every bit of the park is channelling water!

Every bit of the park is channelling water!

Around it are the verdant greens of the moss, lichens and ferns that grow on almost every branch of almost every tree.

A local carver has added some art – another of the owl carvings that I now find in almost every local park!

Happy Viewing

Lynette

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